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Comment: Apple Pay up next? (Score 2) 264

by goombah99 (#48946771) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

There were cell phone based payment systems before iPay, but now the point of sale terminals are going to finally happen. I think apple Pay is going to be a huge money maker as it becomes wide spread. It's timing is interesting. Credit card makers in the US are on the cusp of rolling out chip and pin and merchants will need to upgrade their point of sale terminals. . No one is excited about this mandated cost since analyses have shown didn't change the total amount of fraud (in the long run), it just shifted it from in-person fraud (where the chip works) to internet sales. However, apple pay, which does work, can just slip stream right along on the mass pos changeover without imposing an extra cost the merchants were not going have to pay anyhow (for chip and pin).

Second, this year at least, apple appears to have the best finger print reader. As motorola noted recently they left finger print ID off the new nexus because all the other vendors of the technology produce unsatisfactory finger print ID. It's either too many false positives or too many false negatives.

The challenge to apple pay of course is the market share of handsets. But as long as there are enough to make it worth making the NFC sensors compatible with Apple's bank authorization schema they will be in stores, giving apple a growing drip feed of cash.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 4, Insightful) 461

It's not a cop locating app, it's an app to suggest alternate routes of travel around congested areas. It just has a feature to show where police are, but that's not the purpose of it.

It's BS to say it's putting cops' lives at risk, for the most part. That being said, a lot of cops are feeling really under attack these days because of the public outrage over the last few months and the cops who were ambushed in NYC--like, their families are really worried about them, and I Can respect that.

Then you're as stupid as the cops. Its the cops' job to put themselves into "dangerous" situations in order to protect the public. Cops are scared of "stalkers"? As if stalkers wouldn't exist without a phone app??? Should cops be scared of breathing city air? Should we be providing them breathing masks along with their bulletproof vests and 17 round firearms?

Those two cops that were murdered in NYC were not killed because of an app. They were killed because a deranged shitbag got the jump on them. If cops feel justified killing misdemeanor lifestyle criminals with dangerous, prohibited chokeholds, then they should not feel like the people who pay their salaries support them.

Use your brain. The cops don't want waze because it makes it harder for them to meet their arrest quotas. That is the only effect a speedtrap app can have

That being said, people would be dumb not to check it before robbing a bank, I suppose. Of course, most people who rob banks are pretty dumb.

Only a moron would depend on a voluntary participation app to keep him from getting arrested in a bank robbery. Don't go into crime, you'd get arrested with the other dumbasses.

Comment: What, no Capcha? (Score 1) 85

by goombah99 (#48889461) Attached to: 'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

1) You could use the last 4 digits of the package tracking number as the delivery driver's PIN, and tell him or her what to do in a note stuck to your front door.

I think they need to have a Capcha as well so the delivery person can prove he's a human not an autonomous drone. Make him do a mathc problem to compute the number.

Comment: Re:This had nothing to do with science (Score 1) 496

by goombah99 (#48874967) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Gravity is a hoax. The earth is a large flat disk accelerating through space on the back of a rocket propelled tortoise and the sun is small light source only 100 miles above the plane of the disk. It's really the B-ark space ship carrying away the descendants of the true earth's telephone sanitizers and hairdressers. Don't fall for the lies of "big globe" and their well paid "scientists".

Comment: Re:But CERT Also Allows Variances (Score 1) 263

by slashdot_commentator (#48843763) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Any sale of goods, provision of service, or transaction has implied requirements by the vendor to not "damage" the recipient or bystanders. When such vendor is remiss in delivering services as such, OR try to cover up malfeasance, that is a civil harm. When it physically damages individuals, or otherwise legally defined, it is a crime. In most cases, damages are resolved in the civil courts.

Microsoft's products are so pervasive in our society, their ability to be penetrated by hackers threatens bank accounts, personnel records, medical records, and in rare cases, infrastructure. Where Microsoft is "negligent", they can be sued. Its only a matter of time.

And unknown flaw lurking for years does not make Microsoft liable for negligence. A KNOWN flaw, which Microsoft does not move on, will eventually be grounds for civil damages. If it ends up killing people, its possible for it go criminal trial.

Comment: Re:Out of the loop (Score 1) 148

by slashdot_commentator (#48837435) Attached to: Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

Takes about halfway through Season 1 for Agents of SHIELD to really come together, bout the time Winter Soldier came out, and the series tied into the MCU more solidly as a backdrop for the overall series storyline, but it's really solid now.

Season 2 AoS has been lights out, but Season 1 was so horrifically bad, I still hold a grudge against the showrunners for wasting my time for so many weeks. And I'll probably have to waste another week devising a season one guide, where I tell you what episodes are good, and important to following the season, and write summaries for the episodes to skip.

Arrow is pretty good once you get past the CW's penchant for having shows look like overly photoshopped supermodel showcases (and face it, the cast is pretty good looking, both genders). The main actor carries it well and the cast overall has decent chemistry.

I don't hold a grudge against actor/supermodels that can do a salmon ladder. Sometimes, the writers can stick in awesome snark, but usually not often enough. One of my problems with Arrow is that its basically cloning/coopting the Batman mythos.

Gotham is a pleasant surprise. It's quite good. And if you British cinema, you'll see Sean Pertwee as Alfred, one of my favorite British actors.

There are a (counting) gross of British actors that I think are measurably better that Pertwee, (most of them playing Americans on TV) but I do have a soft spot for him, in his limited roles, and that he's Jon Pertwee's (Doctor Who #3) kid.


He does quite well as Alfred, and I'd even argue he'd make a good choice for the movies as well, though he might be a bit young to play Alfred to an adult Bruce Wayne. The show overall again has a good cast with good chemistry. And it didn't have the shaky/cheesy start that SHIELD did, finding its footing right away in the pilot episode in my opinion.

My problem with Gotham is that I think the ideal Batman TV series needs to be TV-MA on a subscription cable network, and that DC doesn't have the guts to put out a truly artistic rendition, so they will destroy it with half-measures like Gotham. Its much like how corporations have destroyed Christmas as an enjoyable holiday. And Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin) is the only actor truly keeping the show afloat. It would be a mistake to introduce the Joker in the 1st or even 2nd season, but that show needs more than RLT to be worth watching. They can't carry that show with one-shot comic-like villains each week.

Garbage In -- Gospel Out.